Things To Do Outside (While Staying Safe)!

Looking for some fun in the sun? Downtown Dallas is packed with opportunities to get moving, get doing, and get dining along gorgeous nature trails or with a view of the Dallas skyline. Whether you’re a foodie, naturist, or fitness fanatic, there are plenty of options to get your outdoor fix and keep your social distance.

Ellie’s Yoga & Brunch

This is a great option if you’re into yoga, fitness, or eating great food! A ticket includes an hour of yoga, a chef-prepared brunch box, and bottomless mimosas. Valet service, too! No need to worry about parking.

Omni Fitness Classes

For a more traditional workout, there are some great fitness classes at the Omni: yoga, bootcamps, and for the more chivalrous, longsword and fencing classes! Another great option is Pencak Silat, an Indo-Malay martial art with a focus on empty hand, weapon, and counter-weapon self-defense.

Klyde Warren Park

If you’re into getting up and getting moving or crossing your legs and finding your center, Klyde Warren Park is the place to be. Work up a real sweat with Body Mountain Bootcamp, calm your mind with yoga or meditation, or get your groove on with the Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble.

AT&T Performing Arts Center

How about a culture shock? Dance, theater, ballet, movies—you name it, you can grab a ticket at ATTPAC. Upcoming shows include the Hamilton Dance Combination, The Addams Family, IT, and a Disney Sing-Along! Bring the whole family to the lawn at Strauss Square and have a wonderful time Letting It Go.

Pacific Plaza

At the center of it all is Pacific Plaza, with plenty of room to walk, jog, swing, or plop down and picnic. Take a quick stroll between Kyle Warren Park, Main Street Garden, all the way to the Dallas Farmers Market. Better yet, bring along a kite and watch it soar!

AT&T Discovery District

Food, drink, and entertainment, all with a lightning-fast 5G connection to share it. Sound like it’s for you? The AT&T Discovery District has it all. With Jaxon and Rise + Thyme serving up amazing food and coffee, Jaxon’s expansive patio, a 6K display for sporting events and movies, and plenty of interactive art pieces, it’s not just one of the best experiences in Dallas—it’s one of the most Instagrammable!

Bike Trails

If you’re looking to take things off-road, DORBA has partnered with the City of Dallas to give plenty of awesome bike trails for thrill-seekers and enthusiasts alike! Check out Harry S. Moss Park, L. B. Houston Park, Katie Jackson Park, or Boulder Park for some options. For a more relaxed ride, there are plenty of looping and sightseeing trails through every major park and greenbelt Downtown. More specifically, Downtown offers easy access to Katy Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe Trestle Trail, and Skyline Trail.

Dallas Farmers Market

The best part about eating and having fun outside is that fresh produce and fresh air go hand in hand—so come down to the Dallas Farmers Market! Pick up fresh fruits and veggies at The Shed, grab a bite to eat at The Market, or check out the Harvest Lofts or Taylor Lofts retail for souvenirs, entertainment, and great food.

Keeping Downtown Dallas Safe

December 3, 2020: The City of Dallas, Dallas PD, and DART PD continue to collaborate with Downtown business partners to activate an enhanced enforcement initiative to provide increased and more visible patrols, enforce the ongoing juvenile curfew, and provide additional manpower to curtail speeding and street racing in Downtown and surrounding entertainment districts.

The enforcement initiative launched by the City of Dallas, Dallas PD, and DART PD, and with support from the Downtown business community, continues to make progress and will be in effect through the end of the year.

DPD began enforcing the juvenile curfew ordinance Labor Day weekend, which covers Deep Ellum, West End, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park, and the Central Business District. The ordinance applies to juveniles under the age of 17 who are in a public place in the curfew area from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. and DPD continue the collaborative work to maintain the efforts of this initiative through open lines of communication and constant reassessment of the Downtown area. We have seen progress made towards our shared goals of keeping Downtown a safe place for all. 

DPD has furthered their efforts in Downtown Dallas with:

  • Officers patrolling utilizing the overhead cruise lights for visibility
  • Increased high-visibility patrols by uniformed officers
  • Deployment of plain clothes officers

Downtown Dallas, Inc. continues to observe, listen, and respond to the needs and concerns of Downtown. The below highlights are enhancements to DDI services that have already been implemented and will continue to keep Downtown safe:

  • Daily hours for DDI Security are from 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. DDI is providing additional security coverage at Main Street Garden, Belo Garden, and Pegasus Plaza from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at each location.
  • Dedicated off-duty DPD officer at Main Street Garden daily (four-hour shifts). As a reminder, DDI funds off-duty DPD officers seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • City of Dallas Park Department has increased their deployment of Park Rangers to provide additional patrols throughout Downtown parks.
  • DDI has added 18 new full-time security professionals this year.

We appreciate our continued partnership with DPD.  And remember, if you see something, say something! You can report non-emergency incidents through the See Say Now app, by texting a report to 972.440.1995, or by calling the dispatch number for DDI Security and Clean Team at 214.741.1151. Please dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

Finding Culture in Downtown Dallas

Have you felt cooped up for the last few months and are now busting to discover your city again? That need to connect with culture and the arts has you wondering what to do. It’s been a while and things are opening up again in Downtown Dallas. Whatever suits your cultural taste, there is something here for you.

Let’s start with the Arts…

The Arts District is a hub of culture in the heart of Downtown Dallas. Visitors can delight their senses with one or more of the many options available to them in this mecca of the arts.

The Dallas Museum of Arts, or DMA, welcomes guests back for its beautiful exhibits and features that are guaranteed to pique your artistic side, stretch your imagination, and soothe your spirit. If you have visited the DMA before, you know what we are talking about. If you haven’t made that trip yet, the time is now to see what all the fuss is about. Check for updated hours and visitor requirements.

Like the DMA, the Nasher Sculpture Center is a feast for the eyes through art and sculpture. On the grounds of the Nasher, you will find an incredible collection of contemporary and modern sculpture throughout. Five different pavilions make up the main building to house some breathtaking art, while the garden outside is home to some beauty of its own with sculptures “planted” for all to view. Pay a visit for yourself and make it a stop while exploring Downtown Dallas.

If music is your muse, then the Winspear Opera House and the Meyerson Symphony Center may call to your soul. The Winspear Opera House, as well as Strauss Square, are included in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and features a variety of music and dance performances for the public in the coming weeks and months. Strauss Square will offer outdoor performances and Winspear Opera House has a few events planned in the coming months with limited capacity for your entertainment. Please plan ahead for your visit to remain in accordance with current requirements for admission to events.

The Meyerson Symphony Center is featuring many virtual performances during this time of altered arrangements. However, there are some programs that will be performed with no intermission, and be composed of smaller, socially-distanced orchestral ensembles. These programs will allow an audience of only 50-75 guests. Again, make your plans according to the updated guidelines of the facility.

Let’s brush up on some history, shall we…

The Crow Collection of Asian Art is a beautiful oasis of contemporary and ancient pieces spanning the vast history and locales of a rich Asian culture. Nestled in the Trammell Crow Center, visitors will find art and history at every turn that will amaze and inform each and every guest. Admission is free, but plan ahead for your visit for current guidelines for patrons.

It’s an easily recognizable structure overlooking Woodall Rodgers Freeway. That’s right, it’s the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Again ready for visitors, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is an interactive experience of sights and sounds for all who enter. Exhibits are ever changing to meet the interest of all of its guests, so as you make your plans, find out what exhibits are being featured. As always, check their website for updated information on guest requirements and hours of operation.

For the true history buff, the Sixth Floor Museum is the spot to be. One of the most visited spots in Dallas, this is the home to everything JFK in regard to that fateful November day in 1963. Tour, learn, and explore this informative museum and make your own decisions as to how things happened that day. Read the guidelines for the reopened Sixth Floor Museum before making your visit.

Another significant museum that is open to the public again is the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in the West End. Discover each wing of the museum as it presents the history of events, from the Holocaust to Human Rights to the Pivot to America. An educational experience for both history enthusiasts and those who just want to learn more about the past through the scope of human rights, and the struggle to defend those affected and recognize the efforts to rise from a difficult past. Check the guidelines of the museum for hours of operation and other requirements before your visit.

On the Lighter Side of Downtown Dallas…

Now that you’ve discovered art and history, it may be time for a little fun when it comes to culture in Downtown Dallas. They say the city can be a jungle and they may be right. In the heart of Downtown lies the Dallas World Aquarium awaiting your exploration and adventure into an amazing world filled with creatures from the animal kingdom and more. Fun for the entire family, the Dallas World Aquarium offers education and amazement as you are surrounded by creatures from across the globe. It’s so much more than just an aquarium; it’s a treasure of animals from amphibians, reptiles, and mammals from places like Borneo to South Africa, and beyond. Get all the info you need as you plan your journey, to make the most of this extraordinary expedition.

Don’t forget to get a bird’s eye view of this amazing city by making your way to historic Reunion Tower and visiting the GeO-Deck. From high above the Emerald City, 470 feet to be exact, you can experience a breathtaking view of Dallas and its surrounding areas from any spot on the 360-degree observation deck. Visit day or night for a different vibe of your skyline. Ask about a romantic evening experienced at new heights with the Love is in the Air package. From field trips to family adventures, or special occasions, or just to be a tourist in your own town, discover Dallas from a new perspective. Plan your visit in advance and learn the guidelines and updated hours of operation.

Visit Dallas’ park like no other as you explore Downtown. Klyde Warren Park at the northern edge of Downtown is an oasis of fun and relaxation with a view of Downtown all its own. With something for every member of the family, including the furry ones, Klyde Warren Park is 5.2 acres of adventure and solace. Kids will love the Children’s Park and your canine fur babies can frolic in the My Best Friend’s Park. There is always something to do in the park, from yoga classes to movie nights to exercise, it’s all here. You can make a day of it too, as food trucks are lined up to offer some of the best tastes Dallas has to offer within footsteps. Plan your visit for details on safety updates, programs, parking, and other info you may need before you arrive, and then enjoy!

Now, mark your calendars and go!

As more and more places begin to reopen and allow visitors to enjoy and explore Downtown Dallas, always remember to prepare for your visit by checking the website of the facility or location you plan to attend. A quick rule of thumb is that almost every place is under some version of the current guidelines of Timed Reservations Only – Masks Required – Limited Hours of Operation. Keep those in mind, then get out there and have some fun rediscovering your city. Be a tourist again and enjoy Downtown Dallas!

For more information on arts and culture events and places to visit, check out the Dallas Arts District website.